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NREP 2010 Practical Considerations for Setting Up a Community Reception Center Part 2 Setting up a Community Reception Center During the Empire 09 Radiological Exercise
NREP 2010 Setting up a Community Reception Center During the Empire 09 Radiological Exercise Adela Salame-Alfie, Ph.D. New York State Department of Health Center for Environmental Health
NREP 2010 KEY ELEMENT COLLABORATION –Between Radiation Control and Public Health –With Emergency Response Organization –With the Medical Reserve Corp/Red Cross –With local HAZMAT –With Law Enforcement –With Volunteers –Etc.
NREP 2010 Need to Collaborate and Develop Partnerships Radiation Protection Local Public Health Epidemiology Emergency Response Points of Dispensing Environmental Sampling Public Health Preparedness Hospital Preparedness Shelters Hazmat
NREP 2010 Why do we need to partner? Radiological emergency preparedness is not just for the “Big Cities” A radiological incident/event can happen anywhere, anytime (a truck accident involving radioactive material) If a radiological incident happens at a big City, adjacent, and even “far away”, “smaller” localities would have to deal with the aftermath (evacuations after Katrina)
NREP 2010 The Need Multiple types of expertise needed Many (most) local health departments do not handle radiation issues Radiation is not a required program Competing priorities (H1N1?) Loss of experienced staff due to retirement
NREP 2010 The strengths Multiple types of expertise available at the state and local levels Funding for preparedness has strengthen many local and state programs POD exercises have encouraged partnerships with Medical Reserve Corp, Red Cross, other volunteers
NREP 2010 Examples Where Public Health and Radiation Control can Partner Setting up Community Reception Centers Collection of bioassay samples to assess internal contamination and possible administration of “radioprotective drugs” Developing/collecting vital information from victims for “registry” Preparing key messages to inform and educate the public
NREP 2010 Examples of Partnerships in NY Within the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) With other NYS Agencies (Environmental Conservation, Fire Prevention and Control, Emergency Management) With Local Health Departments With the School of Public Health Hospitals Medical Reserve Corps
NREP 2010 Radiation Protection Local Public Health Epidemiology Emergency Response Points of Dispensing Environmental Sampling Public Health Preparedness Hospital Preparedness Shelters
EMPIRE 09 Setup National Level Radiological Exercise in Albany, NY Mid-size urban area Involve local response Involve multiple states Require federal assistance Two “small” dirty bombs (Cesium-137, Americium 241) –Localized structural damage –Need for evacuation/decontamination/relocation
NREP 2010 Overview Conducted in Three Phases Phase I The first 48 hours Table-top Exercise: May 14-15 Phase II 48 hours - 120 hours Full Scale Exercise: June 2-4 Phase III 45+ days Facilitated Discussion: June 16-17
NREP 2010 Phase I (0-48 hours) Table-top Exercise Objectives Address operational and strategic decision making Address policy issues that develop after life-saving operations Emphasis on local (city, county) and state response and federal support process
NREP 2010 Real-time field play Strategic, policy-level play at various sites throughout the nation, including senior-level play in DC City of Albany, Albany County, Rensselaer County, NY State Agencies, Vermont, New England Radiological Compact and Federal Agencies Phase II Full Scale Exercise
NREP 2010 Long term recovery activities Transfer coordination from Department of Energy to Environmental Protection Agency Stafford Act Declaration ($) Long-term Health Issues Determination of clean-up levels Re-entry, return, etc. Phase III Facilitated Discussion
NREP 2010 DOH Activities in Preparation for Empire 09 Planning Meetings (18 months!) –With County and State Agencies, with FRMAC and other Local, State and Federal Agencies Training, training, training –Field Sampling, surveying, ICS, etc. Developing Message Maps Identifying needs and developing materials for use at the Community Reception Center –Developed victim intake forms, worker job action sheets, need for urinalysis, laboratory prioritization (collaboration with CDC) –Victim scripts (in collaboration with CDC) –Adapted CRC protocols from LA County
NREP 2010 Examples of DOH Roles and Responsibilities Lead agency for response to radiological emergencies Assessment and evaluation of radiation doses to members of the public and issuance of protective action recommendations Collection of field samples and measurements of environmental radiation levels Analysis of field samples Analysis of biological samples Staffing of Community Reception Center (CRC) to screen non-injured potentially contaminated individuals
NREP 2010 Technical assistance to hospitals regarding contaminated victims Technical assistance (in collaboration with CDC) for administration of counter-measures Setting up a registry (in collaboration with CDC) Risk communication at JIC, State EOC, CRC, etc. Provide advise on health and safety of workers Support the activities at Health Operations Center Assistance to county health departments as needed Etc. Examples of DOH Roles and Responsibilities
NREP 2010 State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Unified Command Assessment and Evaluation (Co-located with FRMAC Health Operations Center (HOC) Joint Information Center (JIC) Locations where DOH was involved
NREP 2010 Wadsworth Laboratory (WC) and DOH mobile laboratory Field Teams - at various locations around the Capital District Several Hospitals Community Reception Center Locations where DOH was involved
NREP 2010 Phase II Exercise Recap –Players - 660 –Controllers/Evaluators-150 –Foreign Observers - 65 –Domestic VIPs - 52 –Number of injects 329 total injects –61 were contingency injects –Data points – more than 2000 –Major Exercise Venues – 13!
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